Lately, I’ve been caught up in the ‘in-betweens’.
For some people that might be an easy place to avoid, but for me it is a common occurrence. I so easily get caught up in the places between where I am and where I aim to be. It can be in the simplest of things, like caught between the sending of a letter and the reply, or it can be between the big things, like graduating college and amounting to who I strive to be in the future – a man, a husband, a father, a storyteller.
Either way I get stuck. When what I was is passing away and what I wish for is yet to come who I am now seems so insignificant. What I am doing currently seems nothing compared to the imaginations of my youth and the dreams of whats in store.
This view, however, is beginning to change for me.
Two weeks ago I was in a stadium filled with 44,000 people just like me. Not only was the place packed to the brim, but voices stacked on top of voices as we sang out, ever filling the space between us. And though thousands of words were spoken during that time there are 7 specific words that keep repeating in my head: “God’s will for you is right now.” I heard these words as Louie Giglio either opened or closed the week (I can’t recall which). Over and over again I hear them as I moved through out the day: “God’s will for you is right now.” Day after day and week after week I heard them over and over and over and over again. They repeated and repeated and repeated.
So the other night I took some time to reflect on them. I decided to stop going online, to stop watching Netflix, to stop writing, and to just be. I picked up a book called, ‘Indescribable’ by Louie Giglio and Mat Redman and began to explore pictures of the Universe. There were supernovas, nebulas, and constellations; there were stars, suns, and planets. Wow! The universe was so vast and so beautiful – it was so beyond me.
It was in this moment that these words made sense: “God’s will for you is right now. Right now, in this moment, something is going down. Right here, in these seconds, beauty is being discovered. Surrounding you, this very minute, is the world, is the universe, and you are exploring a book within a room within a state within a country within a continent within that world within that Universe. God has a purpose for this moment, for this second, for this millisecond, for this time of Sabbath.”
Suddenly, when I least expected the ‘in-betweens’ ceased to be the ‘in-betweens’ to become the beginning and the discovery; the accomplishment and the result.
In a flash they became all I ever imagined and all I ever dreamed.
What are some ways you can live in the moment?